IMPORTANT NOTICE: 2020 Wales & British Final Festivals and Summer School

From the Chair of DAW:

Dear All,

Following a telephone conference call this evening, it has been decided to cancel the British Final of One-Act Plays this year.

We have also taken the decision to cancel the Wales Final.

South Breconshire had already cancelled their Festival and given the fluid situation, which seems to be changing hourly, taking this decision now, and not later on would not have a financial implication on South Brecon as festival organisers , as we are giving the theatre plenty of notice.

We were also conscious of giving Jan Palmer Sayer plenty of notice regarding this after speaking to her earlier.
I know Teri is also getting in touch with everyone in her UK Capacity.
It is a great shame that we have to take these decisions but I think everyone understands our reasoning.


Tony Evans

From the Chair of the United Kingdom Community Drama Festivals Federation (UKCDFF):

Dear All,

As a result of the unprecedented situation with the Covid-19 virus the UKCDFF committee held a conference call this evening, Sunday 15 March.

After very careful consideration we felt we had no option other than to take the difficult decision to cancel the British Final this year.

Due to reasons beyond their control SCDA are not holding the Scottish Final and therefore will not be able to send a representative to the British, in this situation we felt it would not be right to go ahead without Scotland and this is one of the several factors that lead us to this decision.

The Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy will still be awarded and we will let you know within  the next two weeks where the 2021 British Final will be held.

This is what we do and love and we appreciate it will hugely disappointing to the many clubs throughout the UK who have worked so hard rehearsing their plays, but these are difficult times.

Can we also express our enormous appreciation and thanks to DAW and in particular Richard Jones and John Williams for the work they have already put into organising this festival, Rhyl would have a fantastic venue and we were all eagerly anticipating our visit to North Wales.

We will post this message on our web page and on Facebook but please pass it onto anybody who you think might be affected. 

Please pass this on to anyone who might be affected.

Best wishes,
Keith Robinson

From Teri McCarthy, organiser Summer School 2020

Dear All,

It is with a very heavy but I believe sensible heart that I write this email.

Due to Covid-19 and the demographic of the majority who attend Summer School I feel we are left with no option but to ‘postpone’ this year’s Summers School until 2021.

I have been really ill for the past 4 weeks and although it was NOT Covid-19 I have had constant cough and terrible problems with my breathing.  I am getting better but still a way to reach 100%.  For the first time ever, I was unable to Moderate a play here in Glamorgan for our ‘Glammies’ competition – I have been Moderating for 10 years – I was devastated.

Also, what I don’t wish to have happen is that Sue is awarded the Grant for the Davis Foundation for Bursaries and for me to start collecting Deposits and payments and then to have to return them all, it would be so difficult to be honest.

I have tried to take everything into account as this has not been an easy decision.  I heard it said the virus could take possibly 16 weeks to reach its highest point, so I feel the decision is inevitable.
I do hope you all understand.

I will ring Broneirion tomorrow to book a date for 2021 but in the meantime, please keep in touch. 
Love and Best Wishes,